Today is the beginning of Lent, the time when much of the Christian church intentionally prepares for the coming of Easter. The next 40 days are meant to captivate our hearts and center us on the central event of the Christian church, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so the central thing we do in this time is wait. To have faith is not, as some see it, expecting God to give you what you want when you want it. Faith is learning to align ourselves with God and his will. And so this means that we need to learn how to wait. We wait for Jesus.
As we dive back into the gospel of Mark, we see this played out perfectly before us. Jesus does not act according to anyones schedules. He does not perform according to anyone’s expectations. Jesus is good, and he will always be faithful. But he asks us to trust him and align ourselves with him. Let’s pray for deepened faith this Sunday.
Financial Peace University/Next Week’s Sermon
As you may have heard, we are starting a new session of Financial Peace University on April 4th at 7pm. This 9 week class is centers around the simple idea that financial peace is possible in this world. Do you save regularly? Do you spend wisely and joyfully? Do you give sacrificially? Few of us have financial peace, but for your sake and the sake of the gospel, we need it.
So whether you have a lot or a little–whether you think you know everything there is to know about money or next to nothing–this class is for you! Sign up now. And please invite friends, family and co-workers. Not only is this class very seeker-friendly, but it also gently introduces people to Jesus. The cost is $129 per family (unless you have taken the class before). Reach out to Chris and Christine Choate to sign up and for more info.
Lots of Links
- Four Things Youth Workers Should Tell Parents About Teenagers, Social Media, and Technology
- Discipling Kids Is a Long Game of Small Interactions
- Growing old is not what it used to be. For millions of retirees, that may actually be good news.
– Pastor Ryan